It wasn’t Chester Pitts or Flozell Adams, but the Steelers did add an offensive lineman on Wednesday, signing former Jets and Chiefs tackle Adrian Jones (via Steelers.com).
Jones was selected in the fourth-round of the 2004 draft and started 44 games for New York, before spending one season with Kansas City. He did not play in 2009 after being released by the Houston Texans.
In related news, Willie Colon was officially placed on Injured Reserve, meaning his season is finished before it even started (which we already knew).
It’s a new body, but the right tackle position is still looking bleak. I’ve been thinking over the past couple of weeks that, of the three openings that were created this offseason (Ben’s suspension, Santonio’s trade and Colon’s injury), the right tackle situation is potentially the most damaging.
Obviously, Colon isn’t a better player than Roethlisberger or Holmes, but in the case of Roethlisberger we know he’s going to be back in four weeks (worst case scenario: six weeks), and Byron Leftwich and Dennis Dixon can at least be serviceable for a couple of games. When it comes to Holmes, the Steelers have a number of replacements that can fill in, including the speedy Mike Wallace. He isn’t quite as good as Holmes, but the gap between the two isn’t anywhere near the gap that is Colon to Trai Essex/Tony Hills/Adrian Jones/Jonathan Scott. Plus, they still have Hines Ward, Heath Miller, Antwaan Randle-El and a couple of potentially talented rookies to use as pass-catching options.
After you get past Colon, for as flawed as he is, there just isn’t a promising option on the table at right tackle.